Sitting on a chilly Novemeber day it is nice to think back to summer when the days were warm and long and the weddings a plenty! June & July are always a popular months but doing this excercise has made me realise two things, that I am very bad at taking photo's of our weddings so it is always so nice when we get sent the official ones which are of such superior quality to mine and that it is much better to write posts at the time. I feel a new years resolution coming on! However I do have some pics of a few: A beached themed wedding at the De La Warr in Bexhill called for green and blue hydrangeas:
Sweet peas were popular this year with numerous jam jars bursting with mixed colours to compliment the beautiful gardens at Wadhurst Castle.
They were also used for a summer party.
July saw us back at Wadhurst Castle with a real floral delight as the bride had made table matts out of different fabrics, the groom had a lovely flowery tie & there was lots of bunting.
Birdcages still like to show an appearance
And jars of mixed flowers for any summer event always hit the spot!
And hows this for a vibrant bouquet we did for a homespun village wedding.
Another wedding, again with jam jars but the prettiest, with such attention to detail I have ever had the pleasure to fill. And we had the most wonderful thank you from Sam & Christina that is on our website. I have decided to wait for the official photo's to do them justice so will post the images shortly. And so on to August.
So into May with spring sliding into summer. We started off with another mainly gyp wedding at the elegant Buxted Park Hotel: Fish bowls with gyp posies on the tables:
And the bride had a mixed bouquet with roses,phlox, lisianthus, geulda rose...
We were then delivering to the delightful Finchcocks Oast where coral & yellow made an appearance. The whole wedding was infact feature on the wonderful Love My Dress blog so do pop over there for full details.
Peonies are always popular and worked perfectly at Scotney Castle and thankfully the weather was perfect for an outside ceremony:
That was a snap shot as there were a couple of other truely spring weddings, one with all mixed tulips and the other in yellows, creams and greens but time to move on to June.
The photo's of the Finchcocks wedding are courtesy of Helen Cawte Photography.
As I have not done regular posts I thought I would do an over view of our main wedding season, we still have some to go before the year is out. Were there any trends? Well yes in that a number of brides were keen to be hands on so provided their own jam jars, pale blue was popular as were pastels and a more informal or wild feel.The 'antique/vintage' theme still loomed large so there was lots of lace, gyp and dusky pink. Oh, and I nearly forgot - coral! The images below will bear this out. We did have a hand full of weddings early in the season with coral/peach making it's first appearence:
April Weddings How elegant this bride looks
And hows this for a different take on the hanging ball!
A truely spring wedding with ranunculas genister, lisianthus to name a few:
And here is a gyp garland at the lovely Rolvenden Barn:
The Bride had mainly roses
I have realised how long this excerise is going to take me so I will post a month at a time!
Well it came, was very busy and this is what was left:
We have had a couple of weddings since, one with lots of frothy gypsophia:
And the other a lovely spring wedding with ranunculus, clematis, lisianthus,genister to name a few.
This week will probably see the end of a lot of the spring flowers as narcissus and ranunculas are getting increasingly more difficult to get hold of but peonies are beginning to making an appearence. We have another busy weekend coming up with a Friday and Saturday weddings so fingers crossed for the weather.
Only a week to go so, this time next week it will all be over but there's a long way to go yet. Some flowers are already ordered due in for conditioning later in the week and others still to be confirmed, if only I had a crystal ball. Spring and pink are always popular but we have a whole host of beauties on offer. I will try to remember to capture the moments as they arise but as is so often the case at peak times it's just too busy. So bring a smail to your mum's face with pretty blooms.
I am sure this happens in many a trade or profession and hence why the 'pantone'colour chart was developed. For this weekends 'peaches and cream'wedding I ordered 'salmon'ranunculus as I wanted a nice pastel peach, it said salmon on the label but they were definately orange!However all was not lost as the David Austin 'Juliet' rose came up trumps so along with a few more blooms, I think the desired affect was achieved.
Blue and cream are tricky one's too as blue in floristry speak is so often purple and cream turns up yellow! And that is where experience comes in.
The wedding season has really kicked in and unusually for this time of year we have done a couple of wedding fairs too. Firstly we delivered flowers to Scotney Castle for an outside ceremony on a very sunny Saturday afternoon - what a setting.
We were then at Balackstock Farm on the Sunday for a wedding open day - again sunny and a steady flow of potential brides.
And that was June - July will have to wait until tomorrow!